#MacroSW Twitter Chats
By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker
This Thursday will be the inaugural #MacroSW Twitter Chat. Going forward the chat will take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9:00 PM EST.
The chat is a project of a collaboration made up of community practice organizations and individual macro social workers. To date the collaboration consists of ACOSA (which I will be representing), Network for Social Work Management, Social Work Helper, Karen Zgoda (PhD Candidate at Boston College), The University at Buffalo School of Social Work and the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Each member of the collaboration will take turns moderating the #MacroSW chats.
On March 13th I will be hosting a discussion about the Rothman Commission using ACOSA’s handle (@acosaorg) about the work the commission is doing in response to the Rothman report.
Over the past year I have written often about the findings in the Rothman Report, which you can read below. The report found that macro social work is in trouble. Schools of social work are increasingly cutting out macro focused courses, there are few macro field placements available, and faculty and administration are actively discouraging students from pursuing community practice work.
Following the publication of the report, ACOSA formed a commission that was tasked with expanding on the research in the report and coming up with solutions to the concerns raised. Recently the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) wrote an article about the Rothman Commision. You can find that article here.
The chat will start on Twitter at 9:00 PM (EST) and will last about an hour. To join in the conversation use the hashtag #MacroSW. You can tweet your questions to @acosaorg. If you wish to use Twubs you can find the chat at Twubs.com/MacroSW.